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Vomiting, 'f*** off' from Jordan Henderson and how defender 'nobody wanted' become Liverpool star

Liverpool signed Andrew Robertson on this day in 2017

Even Jurgen Klopp once happily declared that "nobody wanted" Andy Robertson prior to his move to Liverpool, which was confirmed four years ago today.

The German made that rather cutting remark in the middle of a season that ended with the Scot adding a Premier League winner's medal to the Champions League one he earned the year before.

But, reflecting on his first impressions, he told beIN SPORTS: "[He] was sensational attacking but nobody wanted him because defending was not good."

It is a view that was seemingly shared by Liverpool's recruitment staff, who had initially prioritised other left-back targets in the summer of 2017.

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They went as far as to speak to Ryan Sessegnon's representatives before being put off by suggestions that a move to Tottenham Hotspur appealed more to him.

Faouzi Ghoulam, Jetro Willems and Benjamin Mendy were all also linked, though the latter's eventual £50m move to Manchester City from Monaco suggests he was never a realistic target.

With more glamorous names having done the rounds prior, it was perhaps no surprise to see Robertson's eventual signing greeted by scepticism.

As the user of one prominent fan site put it: "Robertson cannot defend nor attack. Robertson has little pace, is no good in the air (something our defence desperately needs), he can't pass, and isn't a good attacking threat."

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And similarly harsh judgements were not difficult to find, even from a fanbase that had seen Gini Wijnaldum succeed after arriving from a relegated club the year before.

Arriving to such a reception only increased the importance of Robertson getting off to a flier with Liverpool's coaching staff, but even that did not go to plan.

Taking part in his first pre-season lactate test - a running exercise aimed at measuring a player's fitness - the defender had to drop out in order to vomit pitch-side.

Jordan Henderson was not an initial fan either.

Robertson reflected: "My first box or rondo or whatever you want to call it, Hendo told me to f*** off as soon as I went in because I stepped in and it was meant to be the two youngest players.

"So I stepped in, he didn't know I was 22, he thought I was 28! So he told me to f*** off!"

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No wonder, then, that he struggled for minutes in the early part of a maiden season that saw the erratic Alberto Moreno preferred at left-back.

Even a debut against Crystal Palace that earned widespread praise from supporters was deemed to feature proof of how far the player still had to come by Klopp.

And it took Moreno sustaining a serious ankle injury in December for Robertson to finally earn a regular starting spot.

Of course, to say he is hasn't looked back in the years since would be pushing the boundaries of acceptable understatement.

A virtual ever-present as Liverpool have won the Champions League, Premier League, UEFA Supr Cup and Club World Cup, Robertson is widely considered the best left-back in world football.

Not bad for a player who, once upon a time, nobody wanted.

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